On Saturday the SF Giants claimed former Chicago White Sox flash-in-the-pan standout Yermin Mercedes, another player with some versatility who might be able to help the Major League roster in some capacity this season.
Mercedes, the American League Rookie of the Month for April 2021 when he hit .415 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 22 games and became the first MLB player since at least 1900 to start a season with hits in each of his first eight at-bats according to the Elias Sports Bureau, dropped out of favor quickly in Chicago. His performance suffered considerably as the calendar turned, to .221/.293/.326 in May and .159/.221/.191 in June before he was demoted to Triple-A. Mercedes hasn't seen the big leagues since.
Yermin Mercedes wears his heart on his sleeve
Apparently, Mercedes isn't a big fan of some aspect of the White Sox organization - possibly Chicago's manager, Tony La Russa, who publicly got on his player's case for homering on a 3-0 pitch late in a blowout (defending baseball's "unwritten rules") last year rather than supporting the player and handling things behind closed doors.
After being sent down following his scorching start, Mercedes briefly announced a decision to step away from the game. The following day, however, he was in uniform and on the roster for the Charlotte Knights - the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox.
So it's not too big of a surprise that Mercedes made news for his reaction to being claimed by the Giants.
Mercedes took to his Instagram page with a video - not one thanking White Sox fans or the organization, as you'll see some players share, but one in which he looks like he just won the World Series.
In the video, Mercedes is wearing just pants and goggles, spraying himself with what appears to be champagne while dancing to upbeat music. He also seems to have assistance, with a spray that may be a water hose shooting in from offscreen.
The post reportedly included the caption, "Enjoy your achievements, no one is going to do it for you." The post, including the video, has since been deleted from his page.
Mercedes will begin his Giants stint with Triple-A Sacramento, but further scuffling by the team's bats (especially the infield) could see him get a shot in San Francisco sooner rather than later.